BLC imposes demo delay on Lamartine house

July 18, 2014
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The Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) voted unanimously on July 8 to impose a 90-day demolition delay on a proposed redevelopment project at 213 Lamartine St.

The developer, Paul O’Connell, has plans to demolish the existing two-family house dating to the 1800s at 213 Lamartine St. and replace it with a three-unit building. He did not respond to a request for comment.

BLC found that the building at 213 Lamartine St. has important association with the architectural and social history of the area and that its demolition would have a “significant negative impact” to the history of the neighborhood, according to documents filed at the hearing. The building is a two-and-a-half-story, gable-end Italianate house built in the 19th century.

The demolition delay ordinance, which is Article 85 of the zoning code, requires a hearing in front of the Boston Landmarks Commission for a building more than 50 years of age while the BLC reviews possible historic preservation. BLC has the option of imposing a delay of 90 days in issuing of demolition permits.